CANADA & WORLD Trump gave a sum­mit to Kim but left with lit­tle to show for it

Also miss­ing: ba­sics such as a timetable for Kim to give up his weapons, or even a mu­tual def­i­ni­tion of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion

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Don­ald Trump’s his­toric sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was un­ques­tion­ably a suc­cess — for Kim.

By cred­i­bly threat­en­ing the U.S. with nu­clear war, he won a one-on-one meet­ing with the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent — a long­time strate­gic goal of his fam­ily’s regime. And that’s not all.

Trump tossed in a sus­pen­sion of mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with South Korea, while China sug­gested re­vis­it­ing eco­nomic sanc­tions that the White House cred­its for the sum­mit. Mean­while, the pres­i­dent show­ered Kim with praise, call­ing the dic­ta­tor who leads one of the planet’s most op­pres­sive and bru­tal regimes “smart” and “very tal­ented,” declar­ing the meet­ing “a great hon­our” and say­ing he trusts Kim.

Less clear is what the U.S. got in re­turn. Amer­i­can of­fi­cials said be­fore the meet­ing they would in­sist that Kim agree to the “com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible dis­man­tle­ment” of his nu­clear weapons ar­se­nal. The phrase ap­pears nowhere in Trump and Kim’s state­ment. Still, some Korea watch­ers said that it was bet­ter for the U.S. and North Korea to be talk­ing than threat­en­ing each other, even with­out a host of spe­cific com­mit­ments from Kim. Amer­i­can of­fi­cials said be­fore the meet­ing they would in­sist that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un agree to the “com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible dis­man­tle­ment” of his nu­clear weapons How­ever, the phrase ap­pears nowhere in the state­ment.

EVAN VUCCI/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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